Connect USB devices Wirelessly

There are several devices that we often need to connect to our laptop but then we love to use laptop from bed. The problem arises when we see wires running along bed connecting to laptop or we ourselves running every time taking laptop to desk just to connect to some bulky device like printer. Also numbers of USB slots are limited and we have to plug out some device to make space for other. Let’s take example of a printer, we cannot take printer everywhere in home but to print we have to connect it to laptop. There are wireless printers now available which allow you to connect wirelessly but what if you don’t have a wireless model? Similarly many devices like scanner, portable hard drives, media players and gaming devices have some sorts of connectivity like USB or Ethernet.

If you still use a desktop along with your laptop then your desktop table is the best place to setup a wireless network. Get yourself a wireless n router, connect all your devices which have LAN connectivity to the LAN ports (there are several LAN ports in a router). Don’t forget to connect your desktop too. If some of your gadgets don’t have LAN connectivity (well most of them don’t) then you will need to get another device called ‘print server’. This was designed for connecting a USB printer to network but you can connect any USB device with it to the network. This print server has LAN connection port which you have to connect to LAN port of your router using a patch chord which is usually supplied with the print server. If not then no big deal as it’s available at every computer store at very low cost. Even print server and router are available for cheap these days, you can get both at Rs.2500 or less. I was able to buy a decent quality router from ebay for just Rs.990.

With everything connected to router, now all you have to do is switch on the router and enjoy wireless connectivity with all the devices on your laptop. Needless to say, you can connect your internet cable to the WAN port of router and get internet too.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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